A Message From Dr. Bell  

May 02, 2016
I was 4.7 seconds away from the North Carolina Tar Heels providing me my “One Shining Moment” in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year. Then “WHAM” - those pesky rascals from Villanova sent me into runner-up world! Oh well, there’s always next year. At least I finished bracket world ahead of my lovely wife this year so I have a defense when she starts picking on my questionable prognostic skills.

Speaking of prognostic skills, a number of interesting conversations during the annual school district visits brought some noteworthy revelations to light. Staff will be sorting through the 83 pages of minutes and will be using this information to improve the ESU 10 Program of Services. As a matter of fact, certain summer activities have already been created to meet identified needs as we “partner with stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support”.  

ESU 10 staff members were also very impressed with the many fine things that are being done in the regional school districts to maximize instructional opportunities for students. It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated and quality professionals.  

It is that “testy” time of year that makes many of you look forward to a summer hiatus. It is wonderful to see that many of you will be spending some of that valuable time here with us this summer. Workshop enrollments are expanding so this should be a busy place for the next few months.

This is also the time of year that we are busily finalizing budgets for 2016-17 since our fiscal year starts on July 1st. It is a more challenging process this year due to reductions of funding from all governmental levels of support.  Be assured that school district support will be amply funded to meet all identified needs. It gets more challenging each year as ESUs are requested to do more as the liaison to support the Nebraska Department of Education in the implementation of the AQuESTT system and other statewide projects. This is important work. We will continue to emphasize that point to our state legislative officials as they work to provide adequate compensation to assure the success of collaborative initiatives.

Well, enough of this chatter. I need to get the budget completed since I am considered the leading budget authority at ESU 10. Frank A. Clark defined a leading authority as anyone who has guessed right more than once so we will hope that my past successful prognostication skills will carry over once again.  

Have a great end to the school year!